There seems to be an infinite host of rigs available for the DSLR video shooter these days. From the big brands like Zacuto, Redrock Micro and Letus Direct, to smaller machinists on Kickstarter, it is easy to find something that will get the job done. What is not easy, is finding something that will get the job done well. This is where the Gearbox DSLR cage comes in. I’ve had the opportunity to use this cage for over a month, and am VERY happy with what I have found.
Sick of everyone crowding around your camera or small monitor on set? Tired of feeling the director’s coffee breath on your neck as you frame your shots? If you or someone you know suffers from these or other related camera operator problems, this is the monitor for you.
I’ve been fortunate enough to play with this monitor for several weeks and thought I would share my thoughts on the Vello 9″ Monitor.
I have been using these battery grips on both my cameras for a while now, and really love them. Not only do they give you extra power (which is great for us video folk), but you also get a more stable camera, easier access to batteries, and you’ll look like a boss doing it. These Vello battery grips are also very affordable compared to the Canon brand options.
The 5D Mark III has been in and out of stock but it looks like Amazon has them in stock for now.
[sws_grey_box box_size="621"] Disclaimer: I was given this item for free in exchange for a review. But like all my reviews I am being as objective as possible. [/sws_grey_box]
B&H Photo Video sent me a couple of tripods for review right before heading out of state for a large shoot. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to shoot a video review so this article will have to suffice. I was, however, able to used both of these tripods for a large gig this past weekend.
First off I have to apologize for taking so long to get this review up. I had this camera in for review the same time Dave Dugdale did and he posted his quite a while ago. Check out his review below as well. Unlike Dave, I did not shoot a lot of footage with this camera. Sure I dinked around with it but whenever I reached for a camera to shoot something I chose the 7D, or the Sony 5n. That should say a lot about what I think about this camera.
My general synopsis is this: Cool new focus and EVF tech, slow camera, ISO cap at 1600 ain’t cool, the cropped sensor turns me off. These things may have been accepted back in the “dark ages” when we didn’t expect better video features from DSLRs but that time is no longer. Think I am totally off? Whats your opinion?
If you are seriously considering getting this camera for video use please watch the whole review.
I had a chance to play with a 60D for a little bit last night and was very surprised by its build quality and the flip out screen. But for those who have not worked with one my good friend JJ Kim has shot a review showing in detail the differences between the 7D and the 60D. He also goes through the menus. For more of JJ’s videos check out his Vimeo channel and his website.
Things I noticed:
- I am liking the audio control increments, and while dual system sound is still going to give you the highest quality, the in camera audio is going to be nice.
- ISO Range is the same. After working on sets with the T2i, I really appreciate my 7D’s wider ISO range. Good to know the 60D is up there too.
- While the flip out screen is nice, adding a viewfinder may pose a problem. Last night we tinkered with the 60D and a Z-finder and the LCD-VF neither fit perfectly and the Z-finder seems like it was a little heavy to be use while the screen was out. Something to consider.
- The 60D has less buttons. But I love how all of the buttons are on the right side. This means as a shooter we can access all controls with the right thumb and forefinger.
JJ has shot a second video sharing more info on the 7D vs the 60D. Check it: